Bacarri Rambo To Use Benching As Motivation
While he played every snap over the first two games of the season, the rookie free safety did not play at all on defense in the loss to the Lions.
BY ZAC BOYER
ASHBURN – Bacarri Rambo said he was surprised to learn the Redskins’ game plan against the Lions last week called for one safety – and that he was not the choice.
The safety was replaced on defense by fellow rookie David Amerson, who played all 66 snaps in the Redskins’ 27-20 loss to the Lions. Preferring to retain their seven-man front to stop the run, but also match up against the passing game, the Redskins decided to employ an extra cornerback.
Josh Wilson played both safety and cornerback, depending on the situation, and cornerback E.J. Biggers also entered the game in a dime look for long passing downs. Strong safety Brandon Meriweather stayed in the game as the single high safety.
“It was very difficult, but I just let the coaches coach and I just go out there and play,” Rambo said. “I’m gonna get out there and just play to the best of my ability and do whatever to help the team win.”
Drafted in the sixth round out of Georgia in April, Rambo assumed the role of starting free safety following offseason workouts. He played every snap over the first two games – losses to the Eagles and the Packers – before being phased out of the game plan last week, though he played 19 plays on special teams.
“Whatever role you’re in, you better play 100 percent and make some plays,” Shanahan said. “If he doesn’t play anything on defense, he better play well on special teams, and if you don’t play well on special teams and you’re not a starter on defense, you won’t be dressing. Everybody’s got a role, and it changes during the season.”
Rambo said he’ll use the demotion as motivation to get better.
“It’s just gonna bring the best out of me,” Rambo said. “I’m just gonna go out there and I’m just gonna work hard and it’s just making me stronger.”